By Navy Personnel Command Communications
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) announced the establishment of senior enlisted continuation boards Jan. 24 as a means to help shape the force.
“In an effort to stabilize and shape the force, ensure continued advancement opportunity, and retain our top performers, a continuation board for enlisted Sailors with over 20 years of active service will be held for active and FTS (full time support). The board will be focused on retaining our top performers serving in our most demanding billets while also ensuring continued advancement opportunity,” said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, CNP.
The annual board, along with several other force shaping measures, has been introduced as the Navy strives to meet its congressionally mandated end strength of 329,000 active duty Sailors.
“Our intention is to stabilize our personnel end strength at 329,000 from our current level of 331,000,” said Ferguson.
According to the message the FY-10 E7-E9 senior enlisted continuation board convenes Sep. 21 at Navy Personnel Command (NPC). Members not selected for continuation will transfer to the fleet reserve or retire no later than June 30, 2010.
The board will review the records of active-duty and FTS E7 through E9 personnel with at least 20 years of active service and three years time in rate as of Sep. 1 2009.
Exemptions to the FY-10 Senior Enlisted Continuation Board include Sailors with approved fleet reserve/retirement dates effective on or before June 30, 2010, those with HYT dates on or before 30 Jun 2010, frocked personnel, those selected for advancement in FY-10 boards, personnel selected for Command Senior Chief/Master Chief programs from the FY-10 board, personnel with orders to or serving in the first two years of an overseas or DoD area tours at the time of the board convening date, and Safe Harbor participants. Additionally, personnel holding a nuclear, SO, SB, EOD or ND NEC, plus FLTCMs, FORCMs and CMDCMs are exempt from the board.
Each eligible member is responsible for ensuring their record is correct and up to date with latest evaluations, awards and other appropriate information. Candidates may communicate with the continuation board by submitting a board package. Selection board packages provide candidates the opportunity to submit any missing documents from the sections of their records that are viewed by the continuation boards. Packages must be post marked not later than Aug. 17, 2009. Packages submitted to the E7 through E9 advancement selection boards will not be presented to the continuation board. Further guidance on submitting a board package can be found in the NAVADMIN.
Commanding officers with personnel not selected for continuation will be notified so they may personally and confidentially notify the members.
For more information read NAVADMIN 030/09.